Preservation Updates - Spring, 2014

By Preservation Committee Chairman, John Weiss

Preservation Meeting

Preservation Meeting Old Route 66 Family Restaurant Dwight IL

On March 22nd a group of 25 members of the Route 66 Preservation Committee gathered for an update. John Weiss, Preservation Chairman, conducted the meeting. There were a lot of subjects to discuss concerning past, present and potential future projects. The meeting was held at the Route 66 Family Restaurant on old Route 66 in Dwight.

Spring Cleanup in Odell

The annual spring cleanup of the historic Standard Oil Station in Odell took place on April 12th. It was a huge success! This yearly tradition is extremely important in order to present the little station in a way that demonstrates pride to the 30,000 tourists that come to visit every year.

Painting at Odell Station

The 17 volunteers accomplished a tremendous amount of work consisting of cleaning, repairing, organizing, yard work and painting on a very windy day. Many of the volunteers take a deep personal interest in their individual accomplishments. Comments like, “I painted the bench,” or “I painted the camper,” are proudly declared. Others feel pride in making the grounds neat and clean or the gas pump polished.Thanks to the efforts of several people, the inside of the station is now free of dust and dirt and stands ready for this year’s visitors.

Odell Station trailer

Also, thanks to private donations to the Preservation Committee from Mr. John Ruh and others, the round hanging sign at the front of the station has been repainted and spruced up. Of course all the volunteers ate extremely well thanks to the Route 66 Association. Remember,“We work for food!”

Painting bench at Odell Station

The volunteer workers were: Phil Scully, Kent Heiland, Cathy Goodman, Damon Sholtey, Kathy Miller, Emmy Bates, Debbie Moser, Cary, Mark and Mike Cummings, Cathie Stevanovich, Joanna Joven, John Weiss, Paul Panczuk, Andy Panczuk and one local.

Volunteers at Odell Station
Joanna Joven & Damon Sholtey demonstrate that Preservation members come in all sizes!

Another Work Day at Route 66 Museum & Hall of Fame

Volunteer at Hall of Fame and Museum

Volunteer at Hall of Fame and Museum

Volunteer at Hall of Fame and MuseumOn April 26th a second work day took place at the Route 66 Museum in Pontiac.There was so much to do that we were not able to complete it all in our first work session. It takes a lot of time and patience to clean over 1,000 artifacts.Also the Waldmire Land Yacht needed some window cleaning and vacuuming.

It is extremely important that we keep our facility in first-class condition.Tens of thousands of visitors from around the world come to our free museum yearly. Our goal is to both keep the visitors happy and also tell the story of Route 66 in Illinois. I think we do a tremendous job!

It takes a lot of volunteers to make all that we do a memorable and pleasant experience. We can always use more helping hands.Those who gave their time and talents this time were; Jamie Anderson, Emmy Bates, Debbie Bates, Joanna Joven, Jim Jones, John, Kathy Miller, John Miller, John Weiss, Cathie Stevanovich and Marty Blitstein.

Contact John Weiss, our Preservation Chairman, (815) 458-6616 or to learn all about volunteering opportunities in our Association.

Our Preservation Committee motto:“We work for food!”

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